First Flippers Lesson 4

Welcome Song in Little Harbor

Why: Socialization and Buoyancy and Balance.

How: Gather in a circle and have parents lengthen their arms to support their child and create the Little Harbor position. This position allows the child to learn how to support themselves in the water by exploring buoyancy and balance.  Encourage parents to support as low in the water as possible so the child can learn to stabilize their position.  Parents and students are also free to splash their hands while singing along.  This reminds the parents, infants and toddlers that the water is everywhere and helps to acclimate them to that sensation.

Song Lyrics: _______is here today __________is here today _________ let’s all splash the water __________ is here today!

Flip Flop 

Why: To relax in the water and practice changing position

How: Parents hold baby in a “sandwich” position one. hand on tummy and one hand at the base of the head for support. Parents should have gentle, light touches and keep the babies low in the water.  Parents should move nice and slow, these are not to be done fast. RESULT – the kids are getting much more relaxed.  BE SURE TO review how to hold the baby low in the water, relaxed fingers, gentle slow sway).

Noodle Fountain

Why: Breath Control

How: Instruct parents to hold their little one under the arms and facing each other.  While they move in a circular pattern hold the noodle up against the jet to create a fountain for them to pass through. Train parents to walk slowly through the fountain and look for the natural reaction of the child when the water pours over their face. After a few cycles you should notice that the student is prepared and simply closes their eyes and mouth when under the water. Water washing from the back of the head to the front is always less intimidating.

Roll Overs

Tip: Make sure parents are focused on a light supportive hold and when the baby is rolling over, keep them nice and low to the water. Their ears should skim the water as they roll to their back.

Back Float with Little Mats

Why: To practice Buoyancy and Balance on the back.

How: Assist parents with placing their baby on a small mat. Have them travel backward under the big mirror for several rounds to help students relax on their backs.

Fishes in the Ocean

Why: Breath Control and Safety.

How: Students sit on the edge with their feet in the water and with or without parent’s assistance sing the song and fall in on cue.  Aim to submerge upon entering.

Song Lyrics: Fishes in the ocean, Fishies in the Sea, we all fall in on 1-2-3!

Wheels on the Bus

Why: To end each class on a happy note!

How: Gather students and parents into a circle and pass out a small floating bus toy to each student. Ask the parents to match their actions to the lyrics of the song.

Song Lyrics:  The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round, the wheel on the bus go round and round all through the pool! Repeat with the following lyrics:

  • Windows go up and down!
  • Wipers go Swish, Swish, Swish!
  • Doors go open and shut.
  • Horn goes beep, beep beep.
  • Babies Wave Bye Bye.